Installation Support Tops Armys FY17 Wish List

first_imgThe Army cites $1.4 billion in facilities sustainment, restoration and construction requirements that didn’t fit into its fiscal 2017 budget request, making installation support the most expensive item on its list of $7.5 billion in unfunded requirements submitted to Congress.The Army’s unfunded installation needs, obtained by Breaking Defense, would allow the service to:improve restoration and modernization from 37 percent to 82 percent of critical requirements;improve facility sustainment from 68 percent to 80 percent across all components; andfund 15 critical military construction projects, including reserve centers, access control points, an equipment concentration site and a company operations facility.The Army’s second most expensive unfunded requirement is training, which includes $1.4 billion in requirements needed to restore the readiness shortfall that resulted from the statutory spending caps. Those needs include home station training, flying hours, training ammunition, improvements to combat training centers, four emergency deployment/redeployment exercises, operational and range support, and individual skills training.The service’s wish lists are an opportunity for the military services and combatant commanders to outline weapons and other items they need but weren’t included in the Pentagon’s budget request. They are typically used by the armed services and appropriations committees to justify spending on items left out of the budget. The lists are expected to assume a heightened significance this year as defense hawks in the GOP strive to increase the department’s budget beyond the administration’s request, reported Politico.“The unfunded requirements are not just going to be wish-list items, they’re going to be real items that should have been funded … that we’re going to have to put back,” said Rep. Michael Turner (R-Ohio). Turner earlier urged the House Budget Committee to add $23 billion to Pentagon spending for FY 2017.The Army also listed $1.2 billion in unfunded needs to address recommendations from the National Commission on the Future of the Army, covering aviation modernization, retaining an 11th combat aviation brigade, retaining four National Guard attack battalions and National Guard readiness. Dan Cohen AUTHORlast_img

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